Over 40 and Back in School: It’s never too late!

The decision to go back to school took about a full year to make. I didn’t go into this career change lightly. I mulled it over and over in my head for a month, then I talked to my husband about it, then I prayed, and prayed, and prayed. I reached out to another student midwife of whom I asked a lot of questions;  she patiently answered them all.

After much thought and discussion with my husband, we decided this was the right thing for us at this time in our lives. Our children are now older. Most of them are teenagers and they can take care of their own personal needs. Translated: I don’t have to clean up after them or do their laundry. They have chores and contribute to the upkeep of the house. They can cook, clean, and do their own laundry. Everything just fell into place perfectly with family and our lives.

The application process wasn’t short. There were essays to complete, reference letters to gather, and the waiting.  When I finally had all the essays completed, the two reference letters, and the whole application completed I was so nervous that I would not be accepted. Then there is the phone interview, also! I was a nervous wreck waiting for the acceptance letter. It finally arrived in my inbox, and I was a student at MCU at the age of 44!

I’m in college with people who are considerably younger than me. One of the benefits of doing online schooling, is that I don’t have to see these younger students face-to-face. It makes is much less embarrassing! It can seem intimidating, at times, when if I think about the age difference. However, I push those thoughts out of my mind, and tell myself that I am right where I need to be. We encourage each other, and I’ve never been made to feel that my age is means much. I am a fellow-student and we are all working towards the same goal.

I made a guest blog post, here and here is a portion of what I wrote: I will be a young, 48 years of age, when I complete all my work, and can begin my own midwifery practice. I am a prime example of “It’s never too late.” It’s never too late to start on a new pathway/journey. It’s never too late to go back to school. It’s never too late to change careers. I’m enjoying this change, and taking it all in, while trying not to cry from the hard, demanding work that it entails in going from a doula to a licensed midwife.

Sometimes, pursing a dream is not possible earlier in life. Sometimes, it’s necessary to wait a little longer until things in our life are different. That’s how it was for me. Yes, many times I have regretted not starting earlier. If I had started even 10 years ago, I would already be a midwife. But 10 years ago, I wasn’t ready to pursue this. I would have probably failed, because it wasn’t the right time. I have to force myself to not think about where I could be, but to think about where I will be 10 years from now.

College life is challenging. My brain is learning a whole bunch of things it never knew. I’m taking a Genetics class, for crying out loud! I’m learning about DNA, RNA, chromosomes, genes,  genomes, and a bunch of other stuff. Bring it one, Genetics! My older brain needs the work out to keep me young.

Please, watch this video entitled,”It’s never too late,” because it really is never too late!!!

 

By age 48, I will be a certified, licensed midwife.